02/15/2010

Take Caution When Using Disinfectants

The use of disinfectants has increased because of the concern about exposure to
infectious agents, such as the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. A patient seen
recently at the Michigan State University Clinic, one of the clinics in the
Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, complained of
respiratory symptoms that had developed at work after exposure to a spray
disinfectant. Aerosol cans of disinfectant had been distributed by supervisors
and, when people coughed at work, disinfectant was inappropriately sprayed in
the air instead of surfaces, according to the clinic.

A summary of the allergenic/irritant effects of disinfectants concludes that a
number of chemical disinfectants are potential
causes of asthma in hospital workers.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health